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United States Ninth Circuit

Demer v. IBM Corp., 13-17196

In an ERISA action against defendants IBM and claim administrator Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife), the district court's entry of summary judgment for defendants is reversed where MetLife abused its discretion in denying plaintiff's claim for long-term disability benefits in light of the financial conflict of interest of the independent physician consultants (IPCs) handling the claim, substantial evidence of plaintiff's mental limitations due to pain medication, and the IPCs review of plaintiff's condition and rejection of his credibility without ever examining him.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/08/26


  • CHEN


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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